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Why I Ask Students to Notice and Wonder


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Recently, Jon Orr and I received some descriptive feedback from James Francis from Knowledgehook after watching us co-present a workshop titled “Making Math Moments That Matter” at the GECDSB Math Symposium. After sharing some of the pieces he really enjoyed, he also shared some constructive criticism: What I personally didn’t enjoy was the really general "what did you wonder" questioning that ...


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Exploding Dots for Global Math Week


Exploding Dots - Global Math Week - October 10th, 2017

Let's Get Over 1 Million Students Engaging in Joyous Math! If you've ever checked out my 3 act math tasks, you will quickly notice that I am all about sparking curiosity in order to fuel sense making for our students. Well, Exploding Dots nails the curiosity AND sense making pieces of the puzzle and with Global Math Week coming up next week, what better time than now to jump right in! It was o...


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Cheese and Crackers


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Fractions as Quotient and Fraction as Operator As I've mentioned before, working with fractions can be very difficult for both teachers to teach and students to understand. This reason could contribute to why so many math classrooms teach students fractions procedurally instead of building a conceptual understanding beforehand. My first attempt at tackling fractions in 3 acts was with the...


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Roll Up The Rim to Win


Roll Up The Rim Canada 150 3 Act Math Task.007 Roll Up The Rim Website Graphic

Tim Hortons Introduces a Special Edition Roll Up The Rim for Canada's 150th Birthday! As I was sipping on a hot Tim Horton's Dark Roast coffee this morning during a meeting, I happened to notice a big "150" on my cup with that familiar yellow arrow we see when it is Roll Up The Rim to Win time here in Canada. Ironically, it was the second last day of the Canada 150 Math Challenge and I wasn't s...


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Massive Mosaic


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Sparking Curiosity to Promote Conceptual Understanding of Multiplication This task was inspired by Lynne Comartin; a friend from my former school, Tecumseh Vista Academy K-12. As you may know, I have been putting out a task a day for the #Canada150Math Challenge and luckily, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw this beautiful image: It had curiosity written all over it. ...


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Area of Saskatchewan


Area of Saskatchewan 3 Act Math - What Do You Notice? Wonder?

Introducing the Area of a Trapezoid and/or Composite Figures in 3 Acts Here we are in week 3 of the #Canada150Math Challenge and after finally moving west to North Vancouver to mathematize the Canada 150 Mountie salute on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, I thought we should head to the prairies to see what sort of math fun we could have there. This question was inspired by an old EQAO pr...


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Giant Rubber Duck


Giant Rubber Duck vs. CN Tower 3 Act Math 002 Featured Image

More #Canada150Math Challenge 3 Act Fun! We are cruising through week 2 of the #Canada150Math Challenge and I was inspired by @NatashaMFolino to create the visuals for this task when she shared the following tweet on the #Canada150Math hashtag: https://twitter.com/NatashaMFolino/status/870701672011517952 For those who aren't aware, the Giant Rubber Duck will be making a visit to Toron...


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#Canada150Math Challenge


Canada 150 Math Challenge #Canada150Math

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday With a Month of Math With the recent raising of The Great Canadian Flag​ at the foot of Ouellette Avenue on Windsor’s waterfront, the excitement surrounding Canada’s 150th Birthday is well underway. Through the work of my Math Strategy Team at the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB), we are inviting staff, students and their families to particip...


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The Great Canadian Flag


Canada 150 Math Challenge - What Do You Notice and Wonder

Starting a Month of Math to Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday As you might have heard, 2017 marks Canada's 150th year of Confederation and me and my Canadian friends are pretty excited about it. You can probably imagine how geeked I was when Heidi Horn-Olivito came to me with a math challenge that she and the collaborative inquiry team at Dr. David Suzuki Public School thought up around Can...


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Sticky Note Challenge


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Ratio, Rates and Proportional Reasoning With Sticky Notes This is a 3 Act Math Task that focuses on ratio, rate and proportional reasoning related to a video shared with me recently on Twitter from Jerrold Wiebe‏: https://twitter.com/Jerroldwiebe/status/865176406136942592 In the video by Design Squad Global, a man sets up a Sticky Note Challenge involving the "shear" of the stick...


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